The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has once again called on the UK government to allow land-based casinos to reopen this month. According to BGC CEO, Mark Dugher, any further delays could cause severe damage to the sector.
While bettings shops in the UK were listed as non-essential retail businesses that were permitted to reopen in June, and bingo halls were given a green light for reopening on 4 July, casino venues remain closed until further notice.
In an open letter to the Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Dugher warned that the current furlough scheme is costing the government around £5million a week just from the land-based casino sector. He also reminded how the casino industry paid an average of £5.7m a week in tax and duties, and venues are now ready to open at the earliest opportunity.
“Casinos want to get back in business and once again contribute to the economy, instead of costing the Exchequer money,” Dugher wrote. The letter continues to describe that casinos across the country have implemented a whole range of safety measures including special screens, sanitizing stations, setting up track and trace systems, as well as adhering to social distancing measures.